Jessica Gabriel
Jessica Gabriel

Drupal 7 vs Drupal 8: A Business Perspective

Questions and answers about the Drupal upgrade

Drupal 7 vs Drupal 8: A Business Perspective

Version updates are exciting for the future of your business or intimidating as you imagine making changes. You face an overwhelming number of questions when considering Drupal 7 vs Drupal 8: Do I need to update my website? Will the old one still be valid? How will I get this done? Can I get support for this new upgrade?

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We’ve been there. We have also seen that businesses face a troubling gap between the value of a technology and and its effectiveness. Even if it is a seemingly simple upgrade, like Drupal 7 vs Drupal 8, observe, discuss and examine the costs and benefits carefully before planning an upgrade.

Recently we spoke to a prospect who wanted an upgrade, but it was a major financial decision. He wanted to understand how long the upgrade could be delayed, the repercussions on the security of the website, and the benefits of upgrading. He had many other questions that come along with any new technology. Like our prospect, you also may have similar questions about upgrading your website. Consider the following to help you decide whether or not to move ahead.

Do I need to update my website?
No one says you have to update your website. It will still function. I think the better question is: “Is this what your company needs?”

For example, you don’t have to buy the newest phone on the market. And yet, you know the new phone definitely has better features than the older version. Having the most recent update or upgrade will give you improved security features, but in some cases, it’s not absolutely necessary.

Will the old one still be valid?
Yes and No.

Drupal 7 will still work. It even has many great features and plugins available, but it is a technology that may be irrelevant in a few years. Drupal 8, on the other hand, has new features that will grow and improve in the future. In other words, you have some time to consider whether to upgrade or not.

How can I upgrade?
There are a few steps to get this done. Of course, when there is a version upgrade, you can’t do it at the click of a button. You will need to audit your website for its functionality. Also, this would be a good time to review if there is anything that is not valid or can be improved.

Get an expert opinion before planning the upgrade.

Not all upgrades are stable from the start. There will be gaps that need to be filled. You need to verify that the new upgrade has a stable module available, based on your business needs in functionality.

Will I be able to get support for this new upgrade?
Find a development partner that is able to work with Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. This will make the transition from one to the other much smoother.

Conclusion
In conclusion, in our digital world, change is the only constant. You need to understand the trends and how you can use them to benefit your business. At IT Hands we have worked with Drupal 7 and Drupal 8, and understand the business and technical aspects of upgrading  your website.

For a more technical perspective of Drupal 7 to 8 upgrade, checkout a blog from my colleague, Steve Surya: Drupal 7 vs Drupal 8 –  A Technical Perspective.

IT Hands has the experience to guide you through this intimidating decision. Contact us at solutions@ithands.com.